Previews for the upcoming Broadway revival of “Betrayal” don’t start until Oct. 1, but the production is already generating significant buzz for its relatively brief stay in New York. Penned by Nobel laureate Harold Pinter, this play delves retrospectively into the marriage of Robert and Emma, a couple plagued by infidelity and deception. Much of the play centers on Emma’s extramarital affair with Robert’s best friend, Jerry, and the complicated web spun by the trio in order to hide the truth of their relationships from one another.
The production’s second Broadway revival has been made especially interesting by its casting choices. Real-life husband-and-wife team Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz star as the on-stage married couple, Robert and Emma. Though perhaps best known for their film appearances, the two actors are no strangers to the stage. Craig joined England’s National Youth Theatre at the age of 16 and studied drama at London’s prestigious Guildhall School. Weisz has been a familiar face in London’s West End, having won the Olivier Award for Best Actress for her performance as Blanche Dubois in the 2009 “A Streetcar Named Desire” revival.
Rafe Spall—famous for roles in such films as “Life of Pi” and “Prometheus”—will also join this famous couple on stage in the role of Jerry. Behind the scenes, the on-stage trio will be under the direction of the legendary Mike Nichols. The prestigious, multi-talented director has won at least one Emmy, GRAMMY, Oscar, and Tony Award for his work across the entertainment industry. On Broadway, Nichols has taken home a total of nine Tony Awards, with seven for Best Direction.
The 2013 interpretation of this 1979 Olivier Best Play Award winner isn’t the only adaptation to boast a trio of celebrities on its playbill. “Betrayal” first opened on Broadway in 1980, just two years after the original West End production premiered. The original Broadway cast consisted of Academy Award nominee Roy Scheider (Robert), Golden Globe winner Raúl Juliá (Jerry), and Tony winner Blythe Danner (Emma). Thirteen years ago, the 2000 revival featured an equally illustrious cast of John Slattery (Robert), Liev Schreiber (Jerry), and Juliette Binoche (Emma).
Previews for the upcoming run of “Betrayal” start on Oct. 1 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, while the play’s official three-month engagement in New York begins with the opening on Oct. 27. The production is currently scheduled to close on Jan. 5, 2014.
Heading into October, “Betrayal” is not the only Harold Pinter play that will be featured on Broadway this year. The playwright’s 1974 masterpiece, “No Man’s Land,” will be playing in repertory with Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” at New York’s Cort Theatre this fall. “No Man’s Land” will also feature a star-studded cast familiar with both the silver screen and the stage, including Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Billy Crudup, and Shuler Hensley. The repertory production will open Nov. 24 (with previews beginning Oct. 26), and is scheduled to run through at least January.